SOUTHBURY – Not even being in the unfamiliar role as the underdog – albeit a slight one – could stop Newtown High School’s girls’ lacrosse team from coming out on top in the South-West Conference tournament.
Second-seeded Newtown avenged a regular-season loss to No. 1 Brookfield to win the SWC’s Division I championship in a 12-8 triumph on the turf at Pomperaug High on May 29.
It was a close battle on Wednesday night in the South-West Conference Tournament semifinal game between Newtown High School’s girls’ lacrosse team and the visiting New Fairfield Rebels. It was a game of catch-up for New Fairfield until Newtown pulled away at the end of the game, earning a 13-11 win at Blue & Gold Stadium.
For straight ten years, Maura Fletcher has not only coached the Newtown High School girls’ lacrosse team to success in the playoffs, but she’s gotten her Nighthawks into the South-West Conference finals every time. Fletcher, whose teams emerged victorious in each of the first nine SWC pinnacle games heading into the most recent title game (Thursday’s scheduled clash with top-seeded Brookfield) decided to make this one her last.
Pomperaug of Southbury has been Newtown High School’s golf team’s proverbial thorn in the side for several years. A one-stroke loss to those Panthers in their regular-season match, in Southbury, earlier this year proved to the Nighthawks that they can overcome their rivals and perhaps gave them a little extra desire to overtake the Panthers in the South-West Conference championship match.
For the second day in a row, Mother Nature is playing games with tournament competition. A trio of South-West Conference schools — Masuk of Monroe, New Milford, and Pomperaug of Southbury — were closed on Wednesday, May 28, as a result of power outages caused by strong winds the night before, Newtown High School Athletic Director Gregg Simon said.
Both of Newtown High School’s scheduled lacrosse playoff games, as well as the South-West Conference track and field championships and the SWC’s individual tennis tournaments have been postponed. Originally to have taken place today, Tuesday, May 27, these events are now slated for Wednesday, May 28. The threat of severe thunderstorms caused the changes.
Newtown High School’s softball team had its South-West Conference Tournament semifinal-round contest with Lauralton Hall moved from Tuesday, May 27 to the next night. The Nighthawks will face Lauralton at Stratford’s DeLuca Field for a 7 pm first pitch on Wednesday, May 28.
The game was originally to have been played at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield but the threat of severe thunderstorms caused the change.